Consistently summed up as technically brilliant but decadent, frivolous, and bereft of substance - if any art needs to be defamiliarized, to be made strange, it is Francois Boucher's. The essays published here put forward fresh readings of his protean body of work, ranging from prints and set designs to portraits, gallant mythologies, genre scenes, and religious paintings. Rethinking Boucher is a celebration of this much-maligned artist's inquiring and experimental intelligence. He emerges as the master of images not only in striking inventiveness but also notable psychological and semiotic density.
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